Hyderabad: A post about the Bandra-Worli sea link is viral on social media. Users claim the Bandra-Worli sea link was built during the Modi government.

"This is not the bridge of America, France or London, it is the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, Hail for Modi," reads the caption

Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter searched about the Bandra-Worli sea link. According to Wikipedia, the bridge was commissioned by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), and built by the Hindustan Construction Company. The first four of the eight lanes of the bridge were opened to the public on June 30, 2009. All eight lanes were opened on March 24, 2010.

We then performed a keyword search and found many reports published by the mainstream media. According to a report by Hindustan Times published on June 30, 2009, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday inaugurated the Rs 1,684 crore (Rs.16 billion), 5.6-km Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL), India's first open 8-lane, cable-supported sea bridge that will reduce traffic congestion in this metro. The eight-lane freeway is expected to reduce the 40-minute journey to just 15 minutes for the commuters between Bandra, on the western suburb, to Worli in South Central Mumbai to just eight minutes.

Another report by Outlook on June 30, 2009, said the sea-link has been named 'Rajiv Gandhi Setu'. It said the then Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar proposed the name after the formal inauguration. The proposal was immediately accepted by Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

We found videos of the inauguration on YouTube.

NewsX uploaded a YouTube video on June 30, 2009. According to the description of the video, the 5.6-kilometer-long sea link was inaugurated by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

It is therefore evident that the claim is False. Bandra-Worli sea link was not inaugurated during the BJP rule.

Claim Review :   Bandra-Worli sea link built during the Modi government.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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